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Little Library represents plans for Spokane Valley development

Little Library represents plans for Spokane Valley development

There's a new addition to the corner of Sprague Ave. and Herald Road in the Spokane Valley. The edge of the empty lot that has sat vacant for the last 40 years is now home to a Little Free Library, and the Spokane County Library District is hoping that this mini version will inspire residents to approve funding for a full size version in the coming months.


On Thursday afternoon, the Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department and the Spokane County Library District held the last of three public comment events on a proposed new park and library to fill the empty corner. The two groups jointly purchased the land last year, and now the Library District is working on getting funding for a new 30,000 square foot library.


Valleyfest 2013 kicks off next week

News release from Valleyfest:

Valleyfest, Spokane Valley's premier community festival, is September 20, 21 and 22, 2013. The events officially begins on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 with the Hearts of Gold Parade down Sprague Ave from University to Pines. Sprague Ave will close at 6:00 p.m. which opens the Avenue for a big street fair. Enjoy local businesses on foot or bike.

Pre-parade entertainment and great deals on shopping and eating are along the route. Thousands will gather to enjoy an evening with over 100 floats that represent the divert talents of the region. The two Parade Grand Marshalls are the Shriners and Mrs. Washington America, Amy Clark. 

Representing Shriners International in the parade are the El Katif Shriners and Shriners of B.C. The Shriners exemplify good character leadership, and dedication to family and community. They serve mankind with their work through Shriners Hospital for Children and bring pleasure to all with the Shrine Circus, Duck Race and participation in numerous parades.

About Valleyfest:

Pool season comes to a close across Spokane

Pool season comes to a close across Spokane

It's been a hot summer and while there are still some warm days ahead the swim season is starting to wind down across the city. There's only two days to enjoy the water before the majority of the area's pools settle down into winter hibernation. 


Spokane Valley Pools

  • Park Road Pool open through August 24th
  • Valley Mission Pool open through August 24th with the Paws in the Pool event on the 25th and 26th
  • Terrace View Pool will be open through September 2nd


Spokane City Pools

ATV Driver Tries to Escape Deputies, Air 1 and K9

ATV Driver Tries to Escape Deputies, Air 1 and K9

A Spokane Valley man tried to out ride Sheriff's Deputies, an Air 1 helicopter, and a K9 unit after officers tried to pull him over for speeding on his ATV. 

Spokane Valley Police Department arrested a man that was speeding on his ATV on June 29th around 9:30 PM. Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Sergeant Dave Ellis observed an ATV travelling at a high rate of speed and trespassing on railroad property. As he started chasing the vehicle, he was assisted K9 Laslo and an Air 1 that happened to be flying by the area.

Police to hold training exercise at Spokane Valley Mall

Police to hold training exercise at Spokane Valley Mall

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Spokane Valley Police Department want to advise the public of a full scale training exercise that will be on Sunday morning at the Spokane Valley Mall.


The training will simulate an active shooter situation and give local police and medical agencies the chance to practice procedure if such an incident were to occur. Staging will begin at 11pm, Saturday, and the exercise will being at 2am, Sunday morning.


The full scale exercise is part of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program's “Building Block” approach. It will give first responders the opportunity to react in real time so they are prepared in the event of an active shooter situation involving mass casualties.


The Sheriff's Office ensures that it is a tightly controlled exercise and emphasizes that the it is not open for public viewing. KXLY will be at the exercise and will have a report on our Sunday broadcasts.

Spokane Valley dedicates first gateway sign

Spokane Valley dedicates first gateway sign

Spokane Valley May Tom Towey and the City Council dedicated the city's first gateway sign this morning in a ceremony on the northwest corner of Thierman Rd. and Appleway Blvd. The sign was built as part of the city's Ten Year Anniversary celebrations. 

The sign not only welcomes people to Spokane Valley, but also distinguishes the city to drivers as they exit I-90. It is made of lighted steel and wood and has the City of Spokane Valley logo on it. The project was originally budgeted to cost $120,000 but it was completed for $72,000.

"This sign not only serves as a welcome but also as a heritage of Spokane Valley...it gives them a glimpse of what we're all about," said Mayor Towey during the dedication. Towey's first thought when he saw they sign was community pride and he is grateful that community members selected a design that shows the city well.

This City of Spokane is hosting 10 year anniversary celebration events throughout the year including a "This is Spokane Valley" video and photo contest as well as monthly community recognition awards in which honorees are given a key to the city. 

Community input sought for proposed trail

A proposed shared use trail through the heart of the city is the topic of a community workshop coming up on Monday, March 11 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Spokane Valley City Hall (11707 E. Sprague, Suite 101). 

The proposed trail would run down the old Milwaukee Right-of-Way, between University Road and Evergreen Road and between Sprague and 4th Avenue. City of Spokane Valley Public Works staff members and design planning consultants will be on hand to introduce the project, review maps, and help gather input from the community on: